This activity is well-loved by students!
Incorporate a word sort with a twist by creating a word sort in a bottle! Add dyed rice to a bottle filled with sorting cards to add a little pizazz in a work station. It keeps students' attention for a long period of time because they are enthralled with colored rice. Directions on how to color the rice is included in the download.
If you do not want to create the rice bottle for the activity, playground sand can be substituted for rice, or students can just use the cards as they normally would during a sort.